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Washington, D. C. 










No. 91 Newbury Street. 





AFTER long and distressing infirmity, 
having experienced a surprising salvation, I 
feel it a duty incumbent on me, to give the 
following narrative of myself; wherein I have 
been more particular in noticing the several 
places where I have lived, that those who 
have seen me in my former afflictions, might 
join with me now in giving that glory to 
God, which is due unto Him ; from whom 
we receive " every good, and every perfect 

I was born January 12th, 1774- ; and at 
the age of seventeen years, while absent from 
home, was greatly afflicted with the tooth- 
ache ; which tooth was broken in an imsuc- 

©essful attempt of my doctor, to extract it. 
He then applied aquafortis, to kill the nerve 
or the tooth ; this application so augmented 
my distress, as to throw me immediately 
into convulsion fits, which became so alarm- 
ing that another physician was consulted ; 
the result of their deliberations was, to let 
blood, which they attempted by making 
sixteen incisions in my feet and arms, but 
without success ; they next prescribed a 
warm bath, which produced such an effu- 
sion of blood from every orifice, as to give a 
momentary relief; but 1 was soon seized 
again with cramp convulsion fits, which; 
continued for the space of thirteen days, in 
quick and almost unceasing succession. At 
intervals I enjoyed my senses a few mo- 
ments. On the fifteenth day of my illness 
I was carried to my father's, where I remain- 
ed three days wholly senseless, as I had pre- 
viously been during my fits, and for two 
weeks enjoyed but a few short intervals of 
reason : for six succeeding months was con- 
fined to my bed, with almost daily convul- 
sions, and more than two years continued 
in a very low state. I then began in a very 
singular manner to help myself about the 
house; being unable to walk erect, I moved 
my right foot forward with my right hand, 
while I steadied myself by placing my left 
hand on the floor; then putting my right 
hand on the floor, with my left hand I mov- 

ed my left foot, which was my most easy 
manner or' walking for thirteen years. At 
the age of nineteen, in consequence of a 
previous engagement, was married to Mr. 
Steplien Lucas; we moved to New-Haven, 
where I taught a school. The next year we 
returned to Durham, where soon after the 
birtli of my first child I had the nervous fe- 
ver, and tor six months was unable to turn 
myself in bed. From this sickness I gradu- 
ally recovered to my former decrepid state. 
A little previous to the birth of my second 
child, [ was sick with the pleurisy and dys- 
entary, which brought me very low. After 
removing, (in the county of Middlesex) to 
Westfiel«>, again to New-Haven, Jo Middle- 
town, Berlin, and Rocky-hill, (where in a 
severe convulsion while my nurse was ab- 
sent, I fell from my bed, and parted the bones 
in my head) we returned to Durham, where 
I was again violenty seized with the dysen- 
tary, which apparently brought me near to 
the shades of death. After recovering my 
usual health, we removed to Middlefield, 
county of Middlesex, where I now live. 

Although, notwithstanding such embar- 
rassments, I generally persevered in perform- 
ing all necessary domestic duties in my 
family, I now feel I have been shamefully 
negligent in my duty to God. My great 
concern of mind in all those distressing 
seen 'ore off on my recovering my former 
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state, poor and decrepid as it was. The 
last three months 1 have been more than 
ever concerned for my immortal soul : be- 
ing very unwell, I thought I should not live 
long, and felt unprepared for eternity. — 
About three weeks previous to, and a fort- 
night after the birth of my sixth child, my 
distress almost deprived me of sleep. On 
Tuesday evening the 31st of December, 
1805, my pain was violent in every limb 
and joint. I fainted thrice in attempting to 
sit only long enough to have my bed made. 
Being a little composed, my nurse retired to 
rest ; after I had observed to her, that I 
thought I should call her before morning, 
thinking I could not live through the night. 
While I lay in great distress of body, no 
tongue can describe the anguish of m}' soul. 
The thoughts of launching into eternity, in 
my then present state, was too intolerable 
io be borne. ^ I now began to pray earnestly 
to God, to have mercy on me for his Son's 
sake; and, if consistent with his holy will, 
to heal both soul and body ; but that what- 
ever became of the bodv, he would save mv 
poor unworthy soul, which I saw must be 
irrecoverably lost, unless his mercy inter- 
posed iu my behalf. And about midnight, 
the Lord, of his rich mercy and free grace, 
was pleased to answer my prayers, remove 
my deep distress, and grant me a calm peace. 
I felt the language of my Saviour applied to 

me. " Daughter, be of good cheer ; thy sins 
are forgiven thee" The Lord then, as I be- 
lieved, revealed to me, that He had healed 
both soul and body, and that at nine o'clock 
in the morning, on the first day of the year, 
I should in a cold, stupid state, like a dying 
person; and then rise from this death-like 
state, and at ten o'clock stand on my feet 
before the Lord, and my friends. I then 
awoke my husband and family, and my bro- 
ther's wife, who lived in the house, and told 
them as above. After awhile, they retired 
again to rest, but my soul was so filled with 
sacred joy, that I could not sleep ; but con- 
tinued praising God, until break of day. I 
then sent for my parents and friends to come 
and rejoice with me in the marvellous good- 
ness of the Lord. When my parents, friends 
and neighbours came, they were astonished 
to hear me describe what the Lord had done 
for me: yet many of them could not believe 
that my feeble limbs, so long unaccustomed 
to activity, and which 1 could not move 
without assistance, could receive strength 
to enable me to stand and walk. But my 
faith was strong in the Lord, that he would 
bring to pass whatever he had promised. 
About nine o'clock my flesh began to be 
cold, and the blood to settle under my nails; 
the by-standers were affected, thinking I 
was dying; my mother wished to apply 
warm clothes to my body ; I told them not 

to weep ; I should recover and stand before 
the Lord. I remained in this state about 
fifty minutes, and then to all appearance, 
was lifeless about ten minutes ; in which 
time my soul was transported beyond the 
things of time and sense ; while I had a be- 
lieving view of the angelic throng, and 
enjoyed unspeakable rapture. I suddenly 
revived from this apparent death-like state, 
and arose in the presence of many witnes- 
ses,* without any assistance, stood before 
the Lord on my feet, and praised God, an ■ 
gave glory to his sacred name. At half past 
three o'clock 1 received of the Lord strength 
to walk from the bed to the fire, and back 
again to the bed. My strength has daily 
increased since that time, so that I am now 
able to walk about my room. 

O may I ever have grace to praise the 
Lord, for his wonderful goodness, and great 
mercy to me, the most unworthy of his 
creatures. And may all who love the Lord 
join with me to extol his holy name. 


Middlejield, County of Middlesex, 1806. 

* Stephen Lucas, James Hinman 

Medad Strong, Jephtha Hull, 

Abigail Hinman, Ruth Cone, 
Esther Hinman^ 


P. S. That the goodness of God might 
more fully appear, I have thought proper to 
add a list of the names of those Physicians 
who have prescribed for me in the fore men- 
tioned account of my illness, and whose 
particular attention i remember with grati- 
tude, viz. 

Doctors' Names. Places of abode. 

Doctor Norton, 












Munson, jr. 







)> Durham. 


)> Middletown. 


)s Wallingfo^d. 

^> New-Haven. 




Hall, Meriden. 

Wells, Berlin. 

Ridee, 1 ^, , 

Coleman, / Gl ^nbury. 

Hosford, *| 

Broad bent, I r r /j; ,, . , 

Barnard, * f Wethersfield. 

Olcott, J 

Hoadley, Middlefield. 

The last Sabbath in February, Mrs. Lucas 
rode three miles, to Durham, and attended 
divine service. 


Rev. Ebenezer Washburn's testimony con- 
cerning Mrs. Lucas. 

Among the many surprising instances of 
the powerful displays of God's mercy to the 
sinful children of men ; 1 think the experi- 
ence of Mrs. Lucas is worthy the attention 
of every rational creature. I had no per- 
sonal acquaintance with her till the first day 
of January, in the year of our Lord 1800 ; 
when as I was riding through the neighbour- 
hood, 1 was informed that a woman who 
had not straitened herself, or stood erect for 
near thirteen years, had that morning bet- n 
instantaneously healed, and stood on her 
feet. But receiving my information from 
small children, 1 made no stop, but rode on 
to Mr. E. Miller's, where 1 had an appoint- 
ment to preach that evening. 1 had not 
long been there, before I was sent for to go 
and see, and converse with the woman. 
When I came to the house I found her ly- 
ing on the bed in great raptures, praising 
God, and calling on all present to help her, 
as there were several of the neighbours who 
were acquainted with her in her decrepid 
state, assembled at the house to sec the 
strange sight. — Every countenance seemed 
to bespeak wonder and astonishment; while 
all with united voice acknowledged thej 
had seen that which nothing short of divine 

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power could have brought to pass. Her 
father, mother, and husband, together with 
many others present, gave me information 
concerning the state of the woman, for thir- 
teen years that were past, exactly corrob- 
orating the narrative which Mrs. Lucas has 
written of God's dealings with her. 

When I came to converse with her, I 
found her sole theme to be to talk of the 
love of Jesus, and call on all to praise him, 
that he had had mercy on her who was so 
great a sinner. Her language was truly 
that of a soul converted to God. 1 was 
informed by those present, that she had 
stood that morning unassisted by any mor- 
tal, and praised the Lord who had mirac- 
ulously given her strength. The next 
m »rriing 1 called to see her again, when I 
had the pleasure to see her both stand and 
walk I have frequently seen her since; 
she still continues to walk with increasing 
strength, and to outward appearance her life 
corresponds with fhe profession of religion. 
Surely no power but that which restored the 
infirm man at Bethseda could pertorm this 
miracle of healing. 

S. Avery, printer, No. 91 Newbury